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My Christmas wishes to you

Posted by Dr. Claire McCarthy  December 23, 2013 10:11 AM

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xmas tree.jpgIt's nearly Christmas. In our house, we are making the last-minute preparations: the last-minute food shopping, the search of all the hiding-places to find those things we could have sworn we bought but now can't find, the quick trip out for more tape and wrapping paper (and to buy those things we can't find--or completely forgot to buy). It's a scattered, stressful time--but the kids are so excited that we can't help but be excited too.

And as we do all those down-to-the-wire things, I just wanted to pass on my Christmas wishes to each and every one of you.

May everyone be well--may nobody get sick, or hurt. (I am sick right now--I am quarantining myself and hoping for the best. Last year Natasha had a fever throughout Christmas...that was a drag).

May there be minimal arguments (it's rare for a family to have none, but may they be small and brief) and may people be (mostly) pleasant to each other. 

May the food you cook turn out the way you want it to. At least some of it. 

May people like the presents you got them (or fake it really well)--and may you get at least a couple of presents you like (and may there be gift receipts or really great re-gifting possibilities for everything you don't). 

May the tree stay upright (I'm still amazed our Bernese Mountain Dog puppy hasn't toppled ours over) and nothing (of value) get broken. 

May everyone (or at least enough people) chip in with the cooking, cleaning up and other chores.

Most of all: may you find happiness in the people around you. May you have at least one moment (hopefully many) where you look at the person next to you and think: this is good. I am happy

Merry Christmas to all. 

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About MD Mama

Claire McCarthy, M.D., is a pediatrician and Medical Communications Editor at Boston Children's Hospital . An assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a senior editor for Harvard More »

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